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Written by: John Wolf on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Posted in:

The AARP has recently reported that changing the current state of long-term care reform garnered unanimous, bipartisan support when newly elected officials were asked for their views on investing in more home- and community-based care. That’s good news for the Granite State.

Why? New Hampshire’s long-term care system is way out of balance. Over 80% of the state’s long-term care funding goes to institutional care and only 20% to less expensive and more popular home- and community-based care.  With more than 13% of New Hampshire’s population aged 65 or older today and expected to grow to nearly 20% by 2025, funding more home- and community-based services (HCBS) makes good public policy and sound financial sense.

In New Hampshire, candidates for Governor, US Congress, and US Senate were asked by AARP if they were supportive of adjusting HCBS funding so it is on par with institutional funding rules. Every single candidate was supportive.

To learn more about the newly elected officials’ views on the future of home- and community-based long-term care in New Hampshire, read the story here.